Heritage Studies #20 (detail)

Artist: Iman Issa
Bronze, painted box, and vinyl text | 1250x230x380mm | 2016

Iman Issa’s series Heritage Studies is based on objects the artist has encountered in museums around the world, typically those devoted to archaeology and ethnography. Made of materials such as painted wood, copper, and brass, the resulting works typically do not resemble the objects that inspired them; instead they take on new forms that probe the contemporary resonance of their sources. The sculptures are accompanied by didactic texts that draw on the conventions of museum labels while further highlighting the relevance of the historical objects to the present. ( Image courtesy the artist and Rodeo, London; Piraeus, Greece; and carlier gebauer, Berlin. Photograph by Gunter Lepkowski)


Whitney Biennial 2019 | 2019.05.17 - 2019.09.22 | Whitney Museum of American Art(New York City, NY, United States)